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Fulbright Distinguished Chair award

(7 April 2017)

The Faculty of Humanities will welcome a Fulbright Distinguished Chair (FDC) from 2018. 


What is the FDC Award? 

The Fulbright Distinguished Chair award is considered the most prestigious appointment in the US Fulbright Scholar programme. It is awarded by a select number of international universities to eminent American scholars with a distinguished publication and teaching record. 

Current Distinguished Chair awards in the UK are sponsored by the Universities of Leeds, Birmingham, Warwick and Queen Mary University of London (‘Global Shakespeare Centre’ award). 

The Faculty of Humanities has agreed to support a Fulbright Distinguished Chair Award to support research objectives, raise profile in the US and ensure the University stands amongst and above UK peers. The duration of the annual award is one academic term (three to six months) and will commence from September 2018. 

The application deadline is 1 August 2017. 

Benefits of sponsoring a FDC include: 

  • the opportunity for the University to raise its profile in the US through links with Fulbright Commission;
  • enhanced links with the Distinguished Chair’s ‘home’ institution;
  • the opportunity for joint research with leading American scholars. 

The purpose of the award is to conduct research and contribute to intellectual life of their host university through seminars, public talks and curriculum development.


Selection Criteria: 

The Fulbright Awards Programme is looking not only for academic excellence but also: 

  • demonstrable ambassadorial skills with evidence of cultural sensitivity and a genuine desire to learn more about the United Kingdom and share with British citizens aspects of American culture;
  • experience and interest in a range of extracurricular and community activities;
  • leadership potential;
  • a desire to further the Fulbright Programme and give back to your home country upon returning.